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Hikari Taiko

Hikari Taiko Hoping to reach out to people who love taiko, and to spread knowledge of the Japanese drum to audiences far and wide. Hikari Taiko was founded in 1978 and has called the Southeast Japanese School and Community Center in Norwalk home since its inception.

Our songs range from traditional taiko rhythms and stylized movements to pieces that convey a story or theme. We’ve performed onstage at various amphitheaters; entertained people at weddings, corporate and private parties; educated students at schools and libraries; conducted workshops to introduce taiko to our audiences, and celebrated various cultural events. We love doing the drumming for Ondo

Our songs range from traditional taiko rhythms and stylized movements to pieces that convey a story or theme. We’ve performed onstage at various amphitheaters; entertained people at weddings, corporate and private parties; educated students at schools and libraries; conducted workshops to introduce taiko to our audiences, and celebrated various cultural events. We love doing the drumming for Ondo

Operating as usual

03/13/2022

We had a great time performing at Sensei Dye's 60th Anniversary celebration. Congratulations, Sensei Dye!

Photos from Hikari Taiko's post
08/29/2021

Photos from Hikari Taiko's post

06/14/2021

Did you see the Center's video tonight? Did you see Kurt and Audrey repping us and making us proud?? Well, here's the full version of the Hikari video for your viewing pleasure! HUGE thanks to Timothy Chuman and Kaylie Chuman who filmed and edited the whole thing. We're so excited to share this with you all.

We're back to the Basics!  Our Beginning Basics Workshop started up again today and were led by the awesome duo, Joyce a...
05/16/2021

We're back to the Basics! Our Beginning Basics Workshop started up again today and were led by the awesome duo, Joyce and Harriet. In just a few weeks, Kuma class will be back as well. We're so excited to be playing again!

Hi everyone!  It’s been a bit since we’ve posted on here. Taiko practice definitely isn’t what it used to be, but we’re ...
04/26/2020

Hi everyone! It’s been a bit since we’ve posted on here. Taiko practice definitely isn’t what it used to be, but we’re doing what we can so those taiko beats and movements aren’t lost in these many weeks of social distancing. Here are some pics of our members getting creative at home: Angela records drills and posts to YouTube every Sunday, Al is practicing on his drum pad, Joyce is entertaining Milo, and Amber and Stephen are looking sharp with their practice tire drums.

We wanted give a shout out to just some of the awesome women that are part of our Hikari family for International Women'...
03/08/2020

We wanted give a shout out to just some of the awesome women that are part of our Hikari family for International Women's Day! They work hard, play harder, and bring their all for every performance

We love coming to support our friends at OCJAA at their annual new year luncheon year after year!  Always great fun! @ D...
03/01/2020

We love coming to support our friends at OCJAA at their annual new year luncheon year after year! Always great fun! @ DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort - Convention Center

Hikari Taiko's cover photo
01/25/2020

Hikari Taiko's cover photo

01/12/2020

Are you interested in learning the art of taiko? We'll be starting our first Basic Workshop of 2020 on Sunday, 2/2, at 12:00 p.m! Contact us at [email protected] for more info! :)

Hey, we're looking pretty good in these pink shirts that Joyce made just for our Making Strides LA performance! Can we a...
10/19/2019

Hey, we're looking pretty good in these pink shirts that Joyce made just for our Making Strides LA performance! Can we always play in pink?

Good morning from Grand Park in DTLA!  We're here at the Making Strides LA event and we'll be on stage at 7 am!
10/19/2019

Good morning from Grand Park in DTLA! We're here at the Making Strides LA event and we'll be on stage at 7 am!

Anyone planning on attending the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Los Angeles event this weekend? Catch us out there...
10/16/2019

Anyone planning on attending the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Los Angeles event this weekend? Catch us out there bright and early at 7:00 am as we entertain the awesome cancer fighters right before the opening ceremony! Learn more at www.makingstrideswalk.org/losangeles

Looking for something to do next Saturday, October 5th? Come on down to the Artesia International Street Fair & Diversit...
09/29/2019

Looking for something to do next Saturday, October 5th? Come on down to the Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival! You can catch us on stage at 4pm! Hope to see you there :)

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Chikara Daiko for coming out and joining us on stage for some fun yesterday!  We had ...
07/29/2019

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Chikara Daiko for coming out and joining us on stage for some fun yesterday! We had a great time with all of you! Looking forward to the next time we get together.

You guys ever wonder how the stage gets built for our festival? Well, it takes some dedicated volunteers putting it toge...
07/28/2019

You guys ever wonder how the stage gets built for our festival? Well, it takes some dedicated volunteers putting it together piece by piece! Sure, our lanterns try to run away from time to time, and some of our volunteers get stuck every now and again...what can ya do? ;)

Missed us at Angel's Stadium? No worries! We're performing one more time today at our Center's festival! Plus there's lo...
07/27/2019

Missed us at Angel's Stadium? No worries! We're performing one more time today at our Center's festival! Plus there's lots of fun games, tasty food, and entertainment for the whole family! Hikari takes the stage at 6pm.

Any of you coming out to Japan Day at Angel's stadium today?? If you miss us at 1:55 pm, we will be on stage again at 3:...
07/27/2019

Any of you coming out to Japan Day at Angel's stadium today?? If you miss us at 1:55 pm, we will be on stage again at 3:15 pm.

Los Angeles Angels
07/26/2019

Los Angeles Angels

#LAAJapanDay is on Saturday! 🇯🇵

Join us at the free pre-game cultural celebration from 2pm-5pm for a chance to win Shohei Ohtani autographed merchandise: https://atmlb.com/2SD8gaf

We are honored to return to Japan Day event at Angel's stadium this Saturday, July 27th!  This free pre-game cultural ce...
07/25/2019

We are honored to return to Japan Day event at Angel's stadium this Saturday, July 27th! This free pre-game cultural celebration will feature entertainment for the whole family, food and giveaways.

We'll be on stage at 1:55 pm and 3:15 pm!

The SEJSCC Cultural Festival is next weekend! Drop by and see what makes our Center awesome :) Food, entertainment, demo...
07/21/2019

The SEJSCC Cultural Festival is next weekend! Drop by and see what makes our Center awesome :) Food, entertainment, demonstrations, and fun for all! Hikari Taiko performs on Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm...drop by and say hi!

We've clearly lost control of our performance group...
06/30/2019

We've clearly lost control of our performance group...

It's not often that the whole gang is here for a performance!
06/01/2019

It's not often that the whole gang is here for a performance!

We're ready to have some fun on this gloomy Saturday!
06/01/2019

We're ready to have some fun on this gloomy Saturday!

We're ready for some taiko with our pals!
05/04/2019

We're ready for some taiko with our pals!

Come out to Centenary United Methodist Church's Arigato Bazaar to enjoy music and cultural performances, public ondo dan...
05/02/2019

Come out to Centenary United Methodist Church's Arigato Bazaar to enjoy music and cultural performances, public ondo dancing, food, and lots more! We will join our friends at Chikara and Bombu on stage for a special performance starting at 3:30 pm!

Taiko twinsies!
05/02/2019

Taiko twinsies!

Hikari representing for Center Clean-up! @ Southest Japanese School and Community Center
03/31/2019

Hikari representing for Center Clean-up! @ Southest Japanese School and Community Center

Whew, it's been a bit since we've posted here. How about this picture from yesterday's performance group practice? We ma...
03/25/2019

Whew, it's been a bit since we've posted here. How about this picture from yesterday's performance group practice? We may be missing a few of our leaders, but this group is so dedicated that they find a way to make it work. Way to go for taking turns on that ji!

Hikari Taiko's cover photo
01/02/2019

Hikari Taiko's cover photo

One of our favorite times of the year is our Halloween celebration! We had a great time this year. More photos to come!
10/29/2018

One of our favorite times of the year is our Halloween celebration! We had a great time this year. More photos to come!

Sam is a dedicated taiko player. She's also a dedicated insurance agent. This is why she finds random places to sit and ...
10/28/2018

Sam is a dedicated taiko player. She's also a dedicated insurance agent. This is why she finds random places to sit and study while we wait for our turn on stage. Even if it does happen to be on dusty carts...

We're here at the Artesia International Fair & Diversity Festival!  We're ready to go on at 4pm. Wish us luck!
10/06/2018

We're here at the Artesia International Fair & Diversity Festival! We're ready to go on at 4pm. Wish us luck!

Looking for something to do this Saturday, October 6th? Come by the City of Artesia's International Steet Fair & Diversi...
10/03/2018

Looking for something to do this Saturday, October 6th? Come by the City of Artesia's International Steet Fair & Diversity Festival and see Hikari on stage at 4:00 pm! Festival admission is free. There will be fun activities and cultural performances, international cuisine, a Kids Zone, and even a beer garden! We hope to see you there :)

It was so much fun participating in Japan Day today!  Here's a quick look at some of our shenanigans throughout the day.
09/30/2018

It was so much fun participating in Japan Day today! Here's a quick look at some of our shenanigans throughout the day.

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Norwalk, CA
90650

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11am - 1pm

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(866) 644-5274

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